A crowd of Manchester United fans were cheering outside a Stockholm stadium on Wednesday as their team won the Europa League, a relief for the supporters after the Manchester terror attack 48 hours earlier.
The former Chelsea manager roped in the Swede, whose talismanic services have helped United win three trophies this season. "I think it was a boring game".
"This was, I would say, more special than any other trophy because of that", the Spain global said. "We got the objective, we are back in the Champions League by winning a title, an important title". "We prefer it this way than finish fourth, than finish third, than finish second". So the season was the victory of pragmatism and the people who respect the opponent and try to exploit the opponents' weakness.
For Mourinho and many other managers, the value of the Europa League has increased massively following UEFA's decision to award a Champions League qualifying place to the victor. He said, "This is the most important trophy of my career because it's the last (in line) and the last one is always the most important". Of course Champions League is bigger than Europa League, but that's the last trophy and the last trophy is the one where the feelings are under the skin and it's obviously a fantastic feeling for the team.
"It's not like Ajax and some other clubs with every trophy in the world of football".
Pogba put a volley fractionally wide in the first minute and in the 18th minute he found the target, albeit with a helping hand. "I'll do that the next few weeks with my family while I'm away and, honestly, as soon as I know what's going on then, I'm sure you [will know]", he added.
Several of the players shared a picture from the changing room of the team holding a banner that read "Manchester - A City United #PrayForManchester". "You have to learn from it. They will learn a lot from it and if we keep the squad together they will be stronger for it".
United, wearing all blue as they did in winning the 1968 European Cup final, made an imposing start, with Pogba whistling a shot wide of the near post within the first minute. It's all new for them.